Intel implements Single Instruction Multiple Data (SIMD) on Microsoft Edge

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Microsoft recently released Windows 10 Build 10122 to Insiders. The latest update brings some performance improvements, as well as some other user-interface improvements to Microsoft Edge – the company’s new browser for Windows 10. At Build 2015, Microsoft revealed Edge’s performance compared to the other big boys of the town – and unexpectedly enough, Edge beat Chrome and Firefox. Today, Microsoft revealed the company teamed up with Intel to implement Instruction Multiple Data (SIMD) on Microsoft Edge. The company states:

As a part of broader collaboration between Intel and Microsoft on Windows 10, Intel engineers are collaborating with us closely to implement Single Instruction Multiple Data (SIMD), a future ECMAScript proposal, in Chakra and Microsoft Edge. SIMD exploits data level parallelism by utilizing specific SIMD hardware instructions, which are supported in most of the modern chipsets regardless of the architecture types. SIMD exploits data level parallelism by utilizing specific SIMD hardware instructions, which are supported in most of the modern chipsets regardless of the architecture types. The SIMD instruction set enables performing the same operation on multiple values simultaneously, thus providing much faster code execution when working on data vectors. For example, two data vectors of size four could be added via a single SIMD instruction as compared to four individual add operations. Apart from the performance benefits, getting more done with less instructions also has a positive impact on battery life.

As Microsoft states, SIMD helps JavaScript content run “at near native speeds” on Microsoft Edge. The feature is indeed very important for gaming, multimedia and other scenarios on browsers. Microsoft has posted two GIFs showing off how SIMD can speed up JavaScript content:

SIMD Mandelbrot demo with SIMD disabled

SIMD Mandelbrot demo with SIMD enabled

Head over to this link to find out more about SIMD on Microsoft Edge. And make sure to discuss about SIMD on Edge in the comment section below!

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